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Rakai man kills own twins, chops off wife’s palms

By Davis Buyondo

Added 23rd December 2017 08:46 PM

A man, who returned from trip to accompany his wife of 5-day-old twins during Christmas, instead hacked her several times upon realising the twins belonged to another man.

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A man, who returned from trip to accompany his wife of 5-day-old twins during Christmas, instead hacked her several times upon realising the twins belonged to another man.

A man, who returned from trip to accompany his wife of 5-day-old twins during Christmas, instead hacked her several times upon realising the twins belonged to another man.

The incident happened on Friday afternoon at Bumogolo village in Byakabanda sub-county and considered the worst of its kind in the district since the year began.

The suspect Asuman Ssekidde, a fisherman and casual labourer in Kalangala district, is being detained at Rakai police station.

 Regina Namatovu, 35, a mother of four, escaped with deep scalp wounds.

However, she lost her right palm in the process and currently under intensive care at Rakai Hospital. However, the twins passed away.

On Monday, Namatovu gave birth to twins, forcing Ssekidde to return to Byakabanda on Friday to give her company.

However, Ssekidde learnt from Namatovu that he was not the father of the twins.

Ssekidde became furious, picked a panga and hacked her several times. Her constant alarm and pleas for mercy could not sway Ssekidde’s action. In the process one of the twins was hacked.

Ssekidde escaped shortly after the incident, leaving her in a pool of blood. Residents rushed her and the twins to hospital.

According to Dr. Yasin Kiyemba, the Rakai Hospital Medical Superintendent, one of the twins died after bleeding profusely due to the cuts.

He added that another died of too much coldness (hypothermia) since her unconscious mother was unable to give her warmth.

To Kiyemba’s experience, Namatovu survived only by God’s grace given the nature of her wounds, adding that they could not fix her palm.

“We are glad she recovered from coma after several hours. Our team worked tirelessly to revive her. She can now speak and eat,” he says.

He said the twins had delicate life yet they reached at the hospital a bit late.

He further explained that they are yet to refer Namatovu to Mulago National referral hospital for a CT scan to verify whether blood went into the brain.

“Neither Rakai Hospital nor Masaka regional referral hospital has CT scan. But we shall send her to Mulago Hospital,” he added.

However, Ssekidde does not regret his actions. He told reporters that he hatched the attack hours before executing it.

“I wanted to cut off all the hands to teach her a lesson, but was interrupted by residents. She is lucky she survived,” he said.

Namatovu’s brother Elimuadi Mugambe appealed to the Police to expedite the case in order to have justice.

Lameck Kigozi, the Masaka-Regional Police spokesperson, confirmed the incident saying they will produce him in court after investigations.

He appealed to the public to report such cases to the Police’s Child and Family Protection Unit for redress.  

A postmortem was done at Rakai Hospital. The bodies were handed over to the family members for burial.

 

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